VISALIA - The Visalia Rawhide announced a new General Manager today, as Jennifer Pendergraft was promoted by Rawhide President Tom Seidler.
"Jennifer has been an outstanding leader for the Rawhide, and also in the greater Visalia Community," Seidler said. "Each year with the Rawhide, she has earned additional responsibilities and excelled in managing her expanding role. She has already handled most of the responsibilities of a GM. I am confident she and the rest of the staff will lead the Rawhide to continued growth in attendance, expansion in community outreach, and making Rawhide Ballpark more and more of a community gathering place."
Pendergraft has been very active in the Visalia community, including being designated Mardi Gras Queen as the top Creative Center fundraiser in consecutive years (2010-2011). She has also served on the Visalia CVB Sports Committee, graduated from the Visalia Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and served on the Board of Directors of the Happy Trails non-profit organization. Additionally, she recently joined the Visalia County Center Rotary.
"I'm excited to take on this new responsibility," Pendergraft said. "I've enjoyed the challenge of helping build up the organization over the past six years. With our fantastic staff, I look forward to continuing to improve the ballclub and further strengthen our connection with the community."
"Jennifer is certainly very well-qualified and deserving of this promotion," California League President Charlie Blaney said. "The California League welcomes her as the new General Manager of the Visalia Rawhide."
"We are extremely happy and proud of our relationship with the Visalia Rawhide and the Visalia community," Arizona D-backs Director of Player Development Mike Bell said. "To have Jennifer named the GM of the Rawhide reassures us that this relationship will continue and will surely grow stronger."
Tulare County's only professional sports team continues to grow, both on and off the field. Having just set an all-time franchise attendance record for the fourth straight season, the Rawhide will host off-season events at Rawhide Ballpark, including Oktoberfest (Oct 5), Kids Halloween with Fireworks (Sat Oct 27) and several reunions and Holiday parties.